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Primary Day: Candidates vie for GOP line in Senate, House races

June 26, 2012
By CHRIS MORRIS - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Republican voters will head to the polls today to pick a candidate for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Polls are open from noon to 9 p.m. in Essex and Franklin counties.

Two candidates are vying for the Republican line in the race for New York's new 21st Congressional District: Matt Doheny of Watertown and Kellie Greene of Sackets Harbor. In the Senate race, three candidates hope to secure the GOP line: New York City lawyer Wendy Long, Congressman Bob Turner and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos.

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Republican voters will see this ballot when they head to the polls for today’s primary.

In the House race, Doheny and Greene hope to unseat U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, in this fall's general election. Doheny, a former Wall Street financier, is a familiar face to many voters: He narrowly lost to Owens in the 2010 House race. Greene, a shipping and logistics specialist, is a political newcomer with budding grassroots support.

Owens currently represents the 23rd Congressional District, which will increase in size and become the 21st District next year.

Doheny has racked up a significant number of endorsements so far, including those of Republican, Conservative and Independence party leaders. Most recently, he picked up support from Republican town supervisors in Essex County, as well as Republican members of the state Assembly.

Fact Box

Polling locations


Franklin County


All voters: Town Hall, 12 County Route 31, Paul Smiths



All voters: Town Hall, 7 Cold Brook Road, Vermontville



All voters: Town Hall, 30 Main St., Saranac Lake


Santa Clara

District 1: Town Hall, 30 Town Barn Road North, St. Regis Falls

District 2: Town Hall, 5359 State Route 30, Saranac Inn


Tupper Lake

All voters, Goff Nelson Library, 41 Lake St., Tupper Lake


Essex County


District 1: Amos and Julia Ward Theater, 12 Parkside Road, Jay

District 2: Community Center, 11 School St., AuSable Forks



District 1: Town Hall, 10892 State Route 9N, Keene

District 2: Fire Hall, 15 Market St., Keene Valley


North Elba

Districts 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6: Town Hall, 2693 Main St., Lake Placid

Districts 2 and 7: Town House, 193 River St., Saranac Lake


St. Armand

All voters: Town Hall, 1702 State Route 3, Bloomingdale



All voters: Community Center, 7 Community Circle, Wilmington

Greene has enjoyed backing from tea party groups across the district, most recently the Washington County Tea Party.

On election night, Greene will be stationed at Savory Downtown in Watertown. Doheny will be at the Italian American Civic Association in Watertown.

Long, Turner and Maragos are running for the Republican line in the race against U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.



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